Call for Papers: Bringing STS Into Environmental History. An international workshop to be held in Trondheim, Norway, 5-7 August 2010

Organizers: Dolly Jørgensen (Norwegian University of Science & Technology), Finn Arne Jørgensen (Norwegian University of Science & Technology), and Sara Pritchard (Cornell University)

Deadline: 5 February 2010

This workshop focuses on the intersection of STS and environmental history, paying particular attention to how conceptual tools, approaches, and insights from science and technology studies might enrich historical studies of interactions between humanity and the natural world. We aim to bring together a variety of international scholars, primarily environmental historians but also historically-minded sociologists, ethnographers, and anthropologists to consider how, for instance, the social construction of science, public understanding of science, actor-network theory, and technological systems can be used in historical studies of human-natural interactions.  Participants will present papers that develop specific empirical case studies while also being explicitly reflective about the STS methodological basis and theoretical contributions of that study.

The workshop is limited to 14 participants. Each participant will prepare a draft text that will be pre-circulated to workshop attendees in June 2010.  At the workshop, each paper will be briefly presented by the author and then fully discussed by the group in a one-hour session. After the workshop, participants will be asked to revise their papers for possible inclusion in an edited volume to be submitted to an international academic press.

The workshop schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, 4 August: Arrival, pre-workshop social event.

Thursday, 5 August: Morning and afternoon sessions.

Friday, 6 August: Morning session. Afternoon excursion.

Saturday, 7 August: Morning and afternoon sessions.

Sunday, 8 August: Departure.

Through generous grants from the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, and Cornell University, all participant travel expenses, conference fees, and accommodation and meals during the conference will be paid.

To be considered as a workshop participant, please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief CV (2-3 pages) to [email protected] by 5 February 2010.

We aim to include a range of scholars at various stages of professional development, so advanced Ph.D. students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit the workshop web page at